Catherine Guertin

Catherine Guertin  

Partner

Executive Summary

Catherine Guertin is Regional Leader of our Commercial Real Estate Group in Montréal. Her practice is focused on all aspects of real estate law, including real estate developments, acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leases, agreements creating rights of superficies, emphyteusis agreements, servitudes, title searches and correction of title defects, mining law and telecommunications law.

Representative Work

  • Assisted Northern Property REIT, in its creation of a $3 billion national multi-family REIT through the acquisition of True North Apartment REIT and a C$535 million multi-family portfolio managed by Starlight Investments Ltd.
  • Lead lawyer of a BLG team that participated in the development of the new Montréal campus of BCE Inc.
  • Represents both Bell Canada and ​SNC-LAVALIN O&M SOLUTIONS INC. ​in the management of Bell Canada's real estate portfolio.
  • Represents Canada's largest real estate investment trust in the preparation and negotiation of its leases in the Province of Québec.
  • Lead lawyer of the team that participated in the transfer of over 300 properties and of all leases when Bell Nordiq Group Inc. privatised the Bell Nordiq Income Fund.
  • Coordinated and prepared all the documents required for the transfer of more than 250 other properties when Bell Nordiq Income Fund completed the initial offering of its units in April 2002, the first of its kind in the telecommunications sector.
  • Participated in the acquisition of a real estate portfolio composed of shopping centres and strip malls, for a consideration exceeding 70 million dollars.
  • Participated in mining law transactions involving considerations of between 15.2 million dollars and 250 million dollars.
  • Participated in various acquisitions and dispositions of commercial properties worth, in some cases, more than 135 million dollars.
  • Participated in the sale of seven Canadian hotels, including the Fairmont, the Château Montebello and the Fairmont Kenauk.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker at the Advanced Conference on Commercial Leases organized by The Canadian Institute, June 2012.
  • Speaker at the Conference on commercial leases organized by Les Éditions Yvon Blais, October 14, 2011.
  • Speaker at the 6th Edition of the Advanced Conference on the negotiation, drafting and performance of commercial leases organized by The Canadian Institute, June 2011.
  • Author, "La clause d'usage et la clause d'exclusivité en matière de louage commercial," published in Le Bail commercial, Collection Blais 2011.
  • Author of article cited in a Québec Superior Court decision: "La clause d'usage et la clause d'exclusivité en matière de louage commercial," published in Le Bail commercial - Collection Blais 2011 (article cited in 2855-0523 Québec Inc. v. Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. (C.S., 2011‑11-21), 2011 QCCS 6624, SOQUIJ AZ-50812351, 2012EXP-572, J.E. 2012-316).
  • Quoted in "Trois conseils de pros pour éviter les bévues coûteuses," Les Affaires newspaper, week of March 14, 2009.
  • Quoted in "Comment négocier un bail," Les Affaires newspaper, week of March 14, 2009.
  • Quoted in "Des clauses plus à risque," Les Affaires newspaper, week of March 14, 2009.
  • Quoted in "L'immobilier reste épargné par la crise. Comment négocier un bail," Les Affaires newspaper, week of March 14, 2009.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Property Leasing).
  • 2012 finalist for inclusion on the list of "Leading Lawyers under 40 – Rising Stars," Lexpert®.
  • Recognized in the 2015/2016 Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Global Mining.
  • Recognized in the 2013 edition of the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Lawyer to Watch).